Sometimes life gets a bit busy, and maintaining a clean and inviting home can be a challenge. That's why we're here to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to clean your upholstery effectively. Upholstery cleaning is a crucial task that helps maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your furniture. In this blog, we will walk you through the necessary preparations, vacuuming techniques, spot testing, application of cleaning solutions and thorough cleaning methods for different types of upholstery materials. We'll also guide you on proper drying and maintenance practices to ensure your furniture stays fresh and clean for years to come. Remove those stains with confidence! 

Step 1: Preparation

Before you begin, gather the necessary materials, including an upholstery cleaning solution and cleaning products. Using the right products is essential to achieve the best results without causing any damage to your furniture. Look for an upholstery cleaning solution specifically designed for your upholstery type, whether it's fabric or leather. The Vanish Oxi Action Liquid is a great all-rounder, but always make sure to check the care label of your fabric beforehand. Handy cleaning products such as a clean cloth or sponge for application will help you be well-prepared to make your upholstery look fresh and clean again. 

Step 2: Vacuuming your upholstery

Vacuuming is an essential part of the cleaning process as it helps remove loose dirt, dust and debris from the surface, making it easier to clean. Before you start vacuuming, make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions for your specific upholstery type to avoid any damage as certain fabrics may require more careful treatment. Use a brush attachment or a soft brush to gently remove dirt and dust. Pay extra attention to crevices and hard-to-reach areas as any unremoved debris could affect your cleaning process later on. By properly vacuuming your upholstery, you'll create a clean canvas for your stain remover. 

Step 3 - Spot testing

Spot testing helps check if the cleaning solution or product you are using does not cause any damage or discolouration to your upholstery. To perform a spot test, choose a small, inconspicuous area of the upholstery, such as the back or bottom of a cushion. Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution or product and gently blot it with a clean cloth. Check for any adverse reactions, such as colour fading or fabric damage. If there are no negative effects after a few minutes, you can proceed with confidence knowing that the cleaning solution is safe to use on your upholstery. 

Step 4 - Applying the cleaning solution

Now you are ready to apply it to your upholstery. To target specific stains, use the Vanish Oxi Action Liquid. First, remove any excess dirt and apply liquid directly on stain and leave it for maximum 10 minutes. Blot the stain, don’t rub, and remove excess product using a clean cloth. If in doubt, test on a small, inconspicuous area before full application. Successful results are not guaranteed. Always check labels and follow product instructions. 

Cleaning leather upholstery

When cleaning leather upholstery, it's essential to use a gentle cleaning solution specifically designed for leather. Apply the solution to a clean cloth and gently wipe the surface of the leather, focusing on any stains or dirt. Avoid using excessive water or soaking the leather, as this can cause damage. After cleaning, use a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture and allow the leather to air dry naturally.  

Step 6 – Drying and maintenance

Proper drying and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity of your furniture. To dry the upholstery, start by gently blotting any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth or towel. Avoid rubbing the fabric vigorously, as this can cause damage or leave behind lint. Allow the upholstery to air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area. You can also use a fan or open windows to speed up the drying process. Avoid using heat sources such as hairdryers, as this can shrink or warp the upholstery material.  

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your upholstery looking fresh and clean. Vacuum the upholstery regularly to remove any loose dirt or debris. Additionally, consider using fabric or leather protectors to prevent future stains and spills.  


By following the step-by-step guide provided in this blog, you can easily clean your furniture and other upholstery at home without any hassle. Remember to gather the necessary materials, vacuum the upholstery, perform spot testing, apply the cleaning solution, clean the upholstery thoroughly and ensure proper drying and maintenance. With these simple steps, you can maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your furniture to ensure a fresh and inviting atmosphere in your home – even if you have messy family members or friends! Happy cleaning!